I appreciate all the well-wishes and support. You guys are my rock. And I don't consider you my 'fans', I consider you my FRIENDS. Community is very important to me here, which is the exact reason I do try to be open about my techniques and how I learned.
As for imitation vs copying vs tracing... we can go on about it all day. The point is, if you feel you referenced something, you talk about it or don't post it, but influence... that's a trickier bird. The difference I believe comes in when you are looking at artwork to begin to understand the body, then you draw your piece from your understanding of the body. The problem might be when you draw what you see rather than what you understand? How I feel about it anyway. After all: if we're doing it right, we're referencing all the time--referencing life, what we see, everything is based on who we have been our whole lives and what we've seen in the world throughout that time, so we are all referencing from life anyway.
So let's get back to sweeter subjects, and also:
I want to know how I can help you all, and how I can connect with you better. I haven't ustreamed a live drawing in months, and I definitely need to do some more tutorials (so what would you like to see?). I want to help give others the tools that so many kind artists gave me when I asked about a brush type, a technique, or how they 'saw' something. So please let me know how I can help you become the best artist YOU can be, so you can just put it straight out of your brain onto the paper (and skip the 'referencing' part altogether, heehee). I don't believe in shutting down that openness from this, in fact I want to be more connected now.
I love you guys,